Johnny Bairstow scored England’s first century in the series, England fight baking of the 4th Ashes on Friday. Australia still in control with a 158 runs lead by the end of the day.
Bairstow’s brave innings with 103 not out led his team to 258-7 in response to Australia’s declared 416-8, at the one stage England was 36 for four.
The 32-year-old slowed the pace in a 128 runs partnership with Ben Stokes for the fifth wicket. He continued 66 in 91-ball with nine fours and one six. Ben Stokes is lbw by off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
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He received an injury to his thumb after the delivery of Pat Cummins delivery but soldiered on to complete his seventh test century short time before stumps, when he took a delivery from the Australia captain over the boundary to score four.
Stokes had a huge lucky break on the 16th when Cameron Green delivery hit into his stump, but failed to move the bails. However, it was able to survive a DRS review, bringing up his 25th half century just before tea break.
Cummins took his maiden wicket in the day in order to dismiss Jos Buttler with a duck. Jos Buttler still struggle with his form. Wood hit three sixes and two four in his 39.
Bairstow will return on day four alongside Jack Leach, who was not out for four days, and was trying to slash deeper into Australia’s lead.